911 Calls Lead to I-24 Pursuit and Arrest
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A Texas man is in custody following a high speed chase on I-24 Monday afternoon.
On Monday afternoon, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department received several 911 complaints of a reckless driver westbound on I-24 coming into McCracken County from Marshall County.
Callers said a gray BMW was swerving all over the roadway. The car was being driven by 27-year-old Jerry J. Page of Schertz, Texas. Paducah-McCracken 911 dispatchers stayed on the phone with the callers while deputies responded to the area.
It was also reported that the Page had left the scene of a wreck in Marshall County which was being investigated by Kentucky State Police. According to police, Page had sideswiped a semi-truck on the driver side before fleeing the area.
A McCracken County Sheriff's Deputy located the BMW driven by Page at the 11 mile marker westbound and attempted to pull Page over. The deputy saw the vehicle weaving all over the emergency lane and both westbound lanes.
Several Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Paducah Police Department soon arrived to assist as Page continued westbound, refusing to stop.
Page quickly accelerated to speeds exceeding 100 mph as he approached the Illinois state line. Deputies tried to intercept Page at Exit 3 westbound, attempting to slow the fleeing suspect.
Page tried to maneuver around the deputies in the emergency lane, lost control and came to a stop.
Page was the only one inside the car, and was taken into custody without further incident. He did not say why he fled from deputies. According to police, he appeared to be very intoxicated.
Page's relatives contacted the Sheriff’s Department shortly after his arrest, stating that he had left a suicide note where he was staying in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Page is charged with Speeding 26 MPH or more, Wanton Endangerment Police Officer 1st Degree (4 counts), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Reckless Driving, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, Operating on Suspended or Revoked Operating License, Possession of an Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, 2nd Off (Aggravated Circumstances) and Fleeing and Evading Police 1st Degree.
He was lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail.